Reel Asian Announces 2017 Line-up

A Whale of a Tale

By Pat Mullen

Toronto’s Reel Asian International Film Festival has announced its 2017 line-up. The festival offers a number of documentaries including the Canadian film Made in Vietnam, which follows director Thi Vo to Vietnam on the personal journey to find the father who stayed behind when the filmmaker immigrated to Canada as a child with his mother. Made in Vietnam comes to Reel Asian after premiering at the Calgary Film Festival last month and the director will be in attendance for the screening.

On the international front, Reel Asian features documentaries such as Masala Chai, directed by Marco Hülser, a German-Indian co-production that looks at one the cup that unites the many different lives within India’s controversial caste system: a hot serving of chai tea. The fest also includes the feature doc The Posterist by Hui See-Wai, which takes audiences on a search for the elusive artist Yuen Tai-Yung. Both directors will attend Reel Asian to present their films.

Finally, POV is proud to co-present the Canadian premiere of A Whale of a Tale. This compelling documentary is a must-see for fans of the Oscar winning eco doc The Cove, which shed light on the controversial dolphin hunting in Taiji, Japan. This film by Megumi Sasaki offers a different perspective on the seaside village that has become synonymous with animal abuse and asks how and if environmentalism and tradition can be compatible. The film screens for free at Innis Town Hall on Saturday, November 18 with a discussion moderated by Takashi Fujitani, Professor of History at the University of Toronto. Register here for free tickets.

Reel Asian runs Nov. 9-18. Please visit for more information on this year’s festival.